Anger over Zanu PF ‘Nazi tactics’
HARARE – Human rights watchdog, the Zimbabwe Peace Project (ZPP), has
reacted angrily to a proposed plan by President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu PF to
place stickers on supporters’ homes ahead of next year’s watershed
In a statement, ZPP said Zanu PF is taking notes from the Nazi era when
Germany was under feared dictator and war monger Adolf Hitler.
“The Zimbabwe Peace Project learnt with shock that Zanu PF intends to mark
its members’ houses with stickers.
ZPP finds this move rather objectionable.
“From history one would understand that during the Second World War, Jewish
homes and businesses — and then the people themselves were daubed with the
‘‘Star of David’’ and hated by their communities,” ZPP said.
Addressing a Zanu PF inter-district meeting held at Masvingo Teachers’
College last week, Masvingo provincial party chairperson, Lovemore Matuke
reportedly said it was mandatory for every Zanu PF supporter to have a
sticker on their doors for “easy identification”.
“You are supposed to have stickers at every household so that we identify
you. Our real supporters should have them wedged at their places. If you do
not have that sticker at your place, you will be skipped,” Matuke is
reported as having said.
With elections looming and Zanu PF’s political life hanging precariously in
the air, Matuke’s comments are likely to evoke memories not only of
Gukurahundi but the 2008 atrocities that reportedly claimed the lives of at
least 300 opposition supporters.
“ZPP sees this as a direct move to harass and intimidate the electorate on
the eve of a very crucial election.
The Zanu PF party has in the past used freebies such as food and
agricultural inputs to lure voters.
“We realise that people’s rights are going to be violated as a result of
this proposed Zanu PF identification process,” ZPP said.
“There is no doubt those stickers would be used to identify people who do
not support Zanu PF, who would then be victimised during and after the
elections. The whole move is designed to instil fear in the hearts and minds
of the electorate and it violates the people’s freedoms of association and
the rights to freely choose a political party of their choice.”
ZPP called on all the parties in the fragile coalition government to
“strongly consider the lives and welfare of the people before, during and
after the elections in 2013”.
Zanu PF spokesperson Rugare Gumbo was unavailable for comment as his phone